Angel's Rest Trailhead

Near Hood River, Oregon, United States

The west Gorge hike to the Angel's Rest viewpoint promises to be a workout with a big reward.

The 8-mile trek to the viewpoint starts at about river level and quickly climbs through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river. From the top, you'll get a spectacular 270-degree view of the Gorge that includes Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and other landmarks.

Hikers have the option to extend their trek east to Wahkeena Falls and on Gorge Trail #400 for a short backpacking trip, or loop back to the start via Devil's Rest Trail

Hikers will see scars and signs of recovery from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire and a previous fire from the 1990s. Please stay on designated trails and watch your step, as the recovering landscape is very susceptible to erosion and landslides. Be extremely careful along cliff edges.

Parking fills quickly during spring and summer. Do not park outside fog lines or in areas marked no parking, as cars will be cited and towed. This is a heavily congested area, so carpool if possible. If parking is full, be prepared to find another place to hike.

This trail, also known as #415, is jointly managed by Oregon State Parks and the US Forest Service. More trail information is at fs.usda.gov.

Photo of Angel's Rest Viewpoint by Steve Carples.

Effective Sep 10, 2020
Trailhead and trails are closed due to wildfire danger.
Effective Sep 18, 2020
 Campfires are banned in all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas, and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have an immediate shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Locally, park managers have discretion to allow fires in designated campfire rings only if conditions have improved enough to do so. 

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History

Oregon State Parks owns the four miles of trail that pass through Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area, which was acquired by gift, exchange and purchase between 1940 and 1984. The original tract of land, including the dell, was given first to the city of Portland in 1915 by George G. Shepperd as a memorial to his wife. Later the city gifted the tract to the state.

Brochures and Maps

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.